DOM BALL is hoping to win his first trophy since the age of 10 when Gers vie for the Petrofac Training Cup this Sunday and he hasn’t ruled out a return to Ibrox next season.
The utility player was playing for Welwyn Pegasus at the time and says, with a smile, that the final at Hampden will be a lot different but he’s hoping for the same outcome.
Ball is on loan from title chasing Tottenham Hotspur and is moving into the final year of his contract with the North London side – he admits Rangers have been on his mind.
The 20-year-old said:
“It would be amazing to win on Sunday, the last time I won a trophy I was 10 and to do that at Rangers, such a big club, would be unbelievable.”
“It was playing for Welwyn Pegasus and it was my last season in Saturday league football and it was against Wheathampstead Wanderers and it was for the country cup.
“I remember scoring two headers, I wasn’t even that tall then and we won the game 5-2. It was the first game I ever got videoed so I still have that game now.
“My Dad said to me that you might not win the league ever again and to do that with Rangers and take them back into the Premiership is brilliant, it’s something I have really enjoyed.”
“I think Rangers, in comparison to other clubs down south are right up there, the size of the club, the size of the stadium and the fans you get is more than some of the teams in the top six back home.
“I will see what opportunities there are for next season, I really don’t know where I will be playing my football.
“I have loved it here at Rangers and it would possibly be an opportunity, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Ball visited the National Stadium for the first time on Wednesday and it gave him a taste for Gers upcoming double header there.
Rangers are set to take over 40,000 fans there this weekend and the Spurs loanee thinks it’s the supporters who have contributed to his growth as a footballer this season.
Ball said: “I am absolutely buzzing for Sunday. Being here now you get to see how big the stadium is and how big a game it is, I am looking forward to it a lot.
“It shows the support they have given us this season that so many fans are coming.
“Playing at Ibrox in front of 50,000 and then to have nearly that down here to support us on Sunday means we want to go and get the win to show our appreciation.”
“As a footballer you want to play in the biggest games and playing in front of that many fans are games that give you pressure.
“I think being here at Rangers playing in front of that will help me grow for when I go back down to Spurs and play in front of even more than that.
“So to be given the opportunity to deal with it so early on in my career is massive for me.
“It’s what you want as a young player, you want to go and play in front of as many fans as you can and I think it’s helped me as a player massively.”